Fi­nally, po­lice colony to be re­de­vel­oped

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - HT NAVI MUMBAI - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

CBD BELAPUR: The di­lap­i­dated po­lice colony in CBD Belapur is all set to be re­de­vel­oped with Belapur MLA Manda Mha­tre tak­ing up the is­sue in right earnest. The houses are ex­pected to get 2.5 FSI.

Work could start dur­ing Di­wali. The news has given a new hope to the res­i­dents who have for the past 12 years been liv­ing in the pa­thetic con­di­tions.

The build­ings lo­cated in sec­tor 1 of CBD Belapur have been crum­bling over the years. The build­ings were con­structed over 40 years ago.

MLA Manda Mha­tre has be­gun fol­low­ing on get­ting Rs2.80 crore rent ar­rears de­mand by Cidco waived. While de­vel­op­ing Navi Mum­bai, Cidco con­structed the po­lice com­mis­sion­er­ate in CBD Belapur. To en­sure that the per­son­nel could eas­ily travel to their of­fice, a hous­ing colony was built in Sec­tor 1.

In 1971, eight chawls were con­structed. Each chawl had around 30 houses of 195 sqm. The build­ing walls have cracked, the roofs leak rain water in mon­soon, win­dows and doors are bro­ken and the drains and other ameni­ties are not prop­erly main­tained.

On Wed­nes­day, Mha­tre met min­is­ter of state for home Ran­jit Patil who had called a spe­cial meet­ing on the is­sue.

The meet­ing was at­tended by Cidco manag­ing direc­tor Bhushan Ga­grani, NMMC deputy town plan­ning direc­tor Su­nil Ha­jare, ad­di­tional po­lice direc­tor gen­eral of po­lice Ra­jen­dra Singh and deputy com­mis­sioner of po­lice Prashant Khaire.

Mha­tre said, “I brought to the no­tice of the min­is­ter that the fam­i­lies of the per­son­nel who con­stantly risk their lives for the peo­ple of the city live in such pa­thetic and dan­ger­ous con­di­tions.”

Khaire too ex­plained to the min­is­ter the sit­u­a­tion on the ground.

He told the min­is­ter that in 1979, Cidco had de­manded Rs35 lakh for trans­fer­ring the colony to po­lice com­mis­sion­er­ate. Since the amount was huge the pay­ment was not made. Now Cidco has de­manded Rs2.8 crore as rent ar­rears, which too can­not be paid by the po­lice depart­ment.

Mha­tre said, “I asked Cidco to waive the amount. The min­is­ter then asked CIDCO MD Ga­grani to take steps to waive the amount.”

She added, “An­other meet­ing will be held with fi­nance and plan­ning min­is­ter Sud­hir Mun­gan­ti­war to waive the orig­i­nal Rs35 lakh de­manded by Cidco.”

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